The Global Peaceful Cities Project is a collection of research projects designed to determine how many trained meditators creating a “coherent state” in their bodies and then focusing peaceful intention outwardly can measurably reduce local violence.  Dozens of prior research studies suggest that focused peaceful intention has real world impact.  The Global Peaceful Cities project is replicating that research to offer further validation of such work and raise awareness that ordinary individuals have the opportunity to “vote with their hearts” to see more.

It all started in 2013 with the Albany Peace Project. Through the leadership of founder Bethany Gonyea and Karin Reinhold, PhD, the citizens of Albany, NY gathered to promote coherent based meditations. Currently, other cities are beginning to organize, including: Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Mexico City, MEXI; and Schenectady, NY. And more cities are joining soon.

The Global Peaceful Cities Project is gathering individuals who either already practice meditation or would be willing to receive free training via the internet to learn specific meditative skills designed to bring the nervous system into a state referred to as “coherence.” Intentional research supports that this coherent state, available to anyone who wants to learn how to access it, facilitates personal well-being, clarity, excellent decision making, and optimal performance. To be include in our email list, please enter your email at the home page of this site, and  follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PeacefulCities/

The Global Peaceful Cities Project collaborates with the Institute of HeartMath, an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to  offering evidence based psychophysiological technologies which produce reliable and repeatable positive change. These skills reduce stress, help people self-regulate emotions and build energy and resilience so they can lead more healthy, happy lives.  For more information, please visit HeartMath.org and HeartMath.com.